A friend told me about Prince Modestus Diko and his two books, “The Enslaved Virgin Girl and The Philosophers Grief”. I perceived the young author to be both bold and ambitious, considering that he self-published both books at the same time.
As I read The Enslaved Virgin Girl, my initial perception was that the book was born out of a burden, a burden inspired by the present generation’s misdirected understanding of matters relating to sex and virginity. The author set out to emphasize the glory in purity as it pertains to preserving one’s virginity until marriage.
The book starts out fairly well, that is, neglecting the fact that it defied many laws of writing, especially in aspects of style and structure. It begins with the narrator, the virgin girl, appreciating the many aspects of nature, and then goes on to exalt a woman’s pride and dignity above all of nature’s beauty.
The author in just a little over eighty pages, structured like poetry instead of prose, takes us through the mind of a young lady, who is having a hard time sticking to her decision to preserve herself, to keep her virginity till she got married. The author’s effort in describing her grief is very obvious, but the message stands out all the same.
Later on, the author digressed from the virgin girl’s grieving to an admirer’s declaration of his love for her. I found this somewhat distracting and may be unnecessary. At some point, the admirer’s attempt to convince the virgin girl of his sincere love for her, almost took over as the main theme of the book. If that part hard been any longer it might have succeeded in doing so.
I got confused at some point when the author introduced a third voice, another character, an older lady who had lost her virginity in her prime. Her introduction to the reader isn’t smooth enough and I found myself flipping back and forth to keep up and understand her part in the book. Eventually I realized that she was admonishing the young virgin girl to not lose her jewel aimlessly like she did.
The greater confusion was in deciding if the admirer’s declaration of love was for the young virgin girl or the older lady back then in her prime. I blamed it all on the author’s choice of style and structure.
The book’s strong and hugely relevant message does not however, excuse several flaws in the work. The author’s choice of style and structure inhibited much creativity in the work. There is an incredible absence of an actual story in this book and personally, that is quite disappointing, especially when the author insists on calling the effort a novel. There are no actions or environment to help us relate adequately with the virgin girl’s grief; only thoughts are available, and that is really limiting.
I believe that the author could have done a lot more with this theme by building a whole story around it, giving it flesh and life by creating more characters, thoughts, actions and environment.
I however, recommend this book for teenage girls and young ladies alike, it will help them appreciate their beauty and encourage them to preserve their virginity as it is indeed their pride and dignity.
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